Monday, August 30, 2010

Storytellers @ the Kessler - Marc Ribot, 9.25.2010

Jeff Liles sends:

On September 25, guitarist and composer Marc Ribot will be the featured performer at the first "Storytellers at The Kessler", an ongoing presentation featuring legendary musicians performing live at the historic Kessler Theater in Dallas, Texas.

Ribot is perhaps best known for his collaborative work with Tom Waits, The Lounge Lizards, John Zorn, and Elvis Costello.

"Raising Sand", an album by Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, features Marc Ribot's work prominently. In 2009, the CD won five Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year. Over the last two decades, Ribot also contributed compositional score to a number of TV and movie soundtracks, including material for the films "The Departed", "Down By Law" and "Mystery Train".

On September 25, Marc Ribot will be celebrating the release of his new album "Silent Movies". Ribot's performance at The Kessler that night will include a live film score for the Charlie Chaplin silent movie "The Kid".


"Storytellers at The Kessler" is a performing arts initiative driven by the motivation of providing valuable insight into the actual creative process.

The Kessler Theater is also a teaching institution by day, offering music and dance lessons to young people in North Oak Cliff. The featured performers in the "Storytellers" series will offer a glimpse into their own particular creative endeavor, either though a brief moderated post-performance onstage interview with a local arts journalist, or as Ribot will do on this particular night, with an fully interactive multi-media aesthetic collaboration.

When asked about the new "Storytellers" initiative, Kessler Theater owner Edwin Cabaniss said this: "The ongoing Storytellers at The Kessler series offers a unique opportunity for legendary artists to provide the audience with valuable insight in to the motivation, circumstances and backstory into the individual creative process. The intimate showroom at The Kessler will set the stage for a once-in-a-lifetime connection between the artist and the audience; a real behind-the-curtain look at the creative experience."

From Kessler Theater artistic director Jeffrey Liles: "This series will feature performers from various genres of the artistic spectrum. The motivation here is to inspire the next generation of creatives by offering an insightful glimpse into the uniquely individual approach that each artist takes on their way to making their particular artistic statement."

Tickets for this inaugural event are $25 (plus $2.00 service charge) at, and will also be available during regular business hours at Cliff Notes Prolonged Media Book Store in the Kessler building.


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